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Where Are Fireworks Legal in the US?

Not even apple pie is more American than watching fireworks, especially in celebration of the 4th of July. But, understanding that there are cautions that come along with lighting fireworks, it comes as no surprise that there are some heavy regulations across the country.



While we know that fireworks are legal in Kentucky, let's take a moment to go through the regulations in other states.


Which States Are Fireworks Legal?

Exactly what form of fireworks varies by the forty-nine states plus Washington, DC, that allow consumer fireworks. For example, California is one of the states where there are stricter limits on fireworks despite being legal. On the other end of the spectrum, Indiana is relatively lenient, especially compared to other states.


States That Allow the Majority of Consumer Fireworks

These are the states that currently permit a majority of consumer fireworks:

  • Alabama

  • Alaska

  • Arkansas

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maine

  • Michigan

  • Mississippi

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • New Hampshire

  • New Mexico

  • North Dakota

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Pennsylvania

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Washington

  • West Virginia

States That Allow Non-Ariel and Non-Explosive Consumer Fireworks

Also known as safe and sane, non-ariel and non-explosive consumer fireworks are allowed in several states across the country, including:


  • Arizona

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Connecticut

  • Delaware

  • Idaho

  • Maryland (in most counties)

  • Minnesota

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • North Carolina

  • Oregon

  • Rhode Island

  • Virginia

  • Washington, DC

  • Wisconsin

Which States Are Fireworks NOT Legal?


Massachusetts is the only state that completely bans all consumer fireworks. You can still catch a show on the 4th of July, though, since they do permit fireworks displays put on by professionals only.



Let’s Spark Something!

If you’re looking to create a firework show of your own, here at Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks, we can help provide you with endless firework options.


Whether you’re looking for a private show or wholesale purchases for a firework business of your own, you’ve come to the right place. Jerry Pelfrey Fireworks is the largest independent fireworks business in Kentucky. Contact us today by calling 606-367-5569.


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